Monday, November 16, 2015

abstract floral

French Connection top, thrifted
Indigo Rein jeans, Macy's
dot necklace, Simple Addiction

   Another parent-teacher conference week outfit, admittedly a bit more on the casual side. I bought this top at Saver's in October. I thought the colors were pretty and an abstract floral is one of my favorite prints. 

    I was hoping to wear my yellow glass pendant with this top, but the print seems to be a bit more yellow-green and they didn't match. Plain white pendant to the rescue!
    This will be a busy week, as it includes a field trip as well as a school festival on Friday afternoon. My grade level will be running a face-painting/temporary tattoo booth. I've never done face-painting before, so I hope to do a little practicing on my arm this week! It's amazing to me how many secondary skills you end up developing as a teacher.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

fall colors

Winter Kate top, thrifted
Calvin Klein straight leg jeans, Ross
glass pendant, Creations by Keiko

     Rainy mornings can be so cozy ... until your alarm goes off and you realize that it's the alarm that marks the time you are supposed to leave the house, not your bed. That was my Tuesday morning - how glad I was to get Wednesday off!
     Cooler weather meant it was time to break out one of my recent favorite thrift finds. While Savers tends to mark up certain brands such as Banana Republic, the staff seem oblivious to brands like Winter Kate. I got this top for a steal at $7.99, considering that an eBay search found this top being offered for $44.99.
    This is a tie neck blouse, but for its inaugural wearing I decided to forgo the bow. Instead, I knotted it right under the bust, then tied it in the back. I think it adds a little figure definition to a loose, flowy top. I'll try it with the bow next time, but plan to tuck it in.

    I love glass jewelry, but somehow my dichroic glass pendants (I own 3) never get enough love. The colors don't quite match the top, but they seem to "go."

    I'm almost halfway through No Shop November, and I have to say, it's been very restful. I don't browse online much because I know I'm not spending money, and I just erase all those sale e-mails that I'm usually tempted to click on. Now that it's getting a little cooler, I'm more excited about getting dressed for work. I'm looking forward to wearing long-sleeved dresses or tops that just sat on the side during the sweltering start of the school year. I also have some great dresses that I thrifted recently that I haven't worn yet, so I don't feel deprived or bored with what I own.

Monday, November 9, 2015

new jewels, new habits

Harlowe and Graham top, Nordstrom Rack
Calvin Klein straight leg jeans, Ross
Nepal beaded bracelets, Groopdealz
candy corn earrings, etsy seller IHeartGamers

      I got scared when I hand washed this top -- it appeared to shrink a great deal! Luckily, once it dried, the fibers seemed to loosen up and it returned to its usual drapey self. I've been remiss with posting my monthly budget, but I scored this top in September for $11.
      These bracelets seem to pop up on Groopdealz every other month or so, but before this I always logged on too late - they sell out quickly. Now I know why: they are pretty and go with just about anything. November is a no-shop month for me, but at a later time I wouldn't mind picking up a few more, either for my own collection or to use as little gifts.

     This was one of my outfits for parent-teacher conferences at the end of October. I usually try to dress up a bit more for meetings, but I couldn't resist adding in my new Halloween earrings!

    I'm counting down to my 38th birthday by doing Zentangle-inspired doodling for 38 days (as documented on my Instagram).  I figured, what better way to start a new year of life, than by instilling a new (positive) habit? It's a simple art - all you need is a pen and paper - and I find it immensely relaxing. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

neutral pop

Tahari top and DKNY jeans, Macy's
dot necklace, Simple Addiction

     Polyester is usually not practical for Hawaii's climate or my workplace, but I couldn't resist buying this top. It has so many colors that it will be easy to accessorize, and for interviews or dressier occasions it will pair well with a skirt or pants. For its first wearing, I went casual - white jeans and a white necklace that popped against the dark background.

     My husband has been sick for the last few days, and yesterday I felt a sore throat creeping up on me. Rotten timing - I have parent-teacher conferences scheduled into the middle of next week. I'm dosing myself with chicken noodle soup, Vitamin C, and naps, and hoping I can shake it off. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SIA and a bad case of the Mondays

Trina Turk silk top, Nordstrom Rack clearance
Calvin Klein petite straight-leg jeans, Ross

     The colors in this painting are just gorgeous - the red and turquoise play so beautifully off each other, and the pink is a great touch.While I really liked the colors, I had a hard time putting together an outfit from my closet. Despite my love of blue, I surprisingly don't have anything turquoise, and not much red or pink either. So I decided to use the leopard print as my (loose) inspiration. My top's print is not a leopard print - it looks more like a very abstract floral -  but I figure it "goes" vs. matches. 

      This top was on loan to my sis, so Friday was the first time I've worn it in a while. I'm not a fan of the way the sleeves are constructed - I did some light stretching with my students that day, and had to hike the sleeves up a bit to move my arms - but I like the neckline and ties in the front. 
      Yesterday was one heck of a Monday ... I got stuck in a traffic jam on the way to work, and ended up calling the office to open up my classroom for my students. I only got there a few minutes after the bell rang, thankfully. But that meant I missed out on my usual prep time before school starts, and I felt like I was running to catch up all day. Also, on the way to work I was supposed to pick up a carton of eggs for our afternoon science experiment. Thanks to the traffic jam, I ended up spending my short lunch break running to the closest store, dashing in to buy eggs, and hurrying back. That meant lunch was really just a few surreptitious bites of a cereal bar in the back of the room while my students read quietly after lunch. It wasn't a bad day, really, just a rushed and tiring one. I figure with a Monday like that, things can only get better from here!

Monday, October 12, 2015

fall break fun

red white blue dress white shrug teacher style
dress, Macy's
necklace, Haitian Beads
shrug, Ross

    I've always thought of this dress as being red, white and blue, but after looking at the photos more closely, it's more of an off-white. I wondered whether the mismatched neutrals would look odd together, but it doesn't bother me in real life or in the photos.
     I haven't worn this dress to work often because it exposes more back than I prefer. I'm looking forward to wearing it regularly now that I have a shrug to make it more professional!

     Today is the last day of Fall Break. I had a good week off. On Saturday, I rode a horse for the first time! I enjoyed it but let me tell you, 90 minutes is a long time to sit on a horse when you never have before. I'm still feeling it!
     We signed up for a scenic trail ride at a working ranch about an hour out of town. My husband was disappointed that it wasn't sunnier, but I enjoyed the overcast weather - it meant it wasn't so hot.

 Our first look at the ranch

My dashing steed, Bonita

Beach view

Stole husband's cap for a selfie - and kind of like the look

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

dabbling in dapper ... and Disney

red vest White Rabbit Alice in Wonderland Spirit Week chambray shirt

chambray shirt, thrifted
vest, thrifted
trousers, Banana Republic Factory Store
bowtie, handmade using this tutorial

   This is my favorite Spirit Week outfit to date - dressing as the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. I'm not much of a Disney fan, but putting together - then wearing - this look was so much fun! The camera didn't capture it well, but I am also wearing rabbit ears, made out of white pipe cleaners.  
    I decided to forgo the suit jacket due to the heat, which meant I needed a vest. I headed to my favorite Goodwill and found this lovely one. Based on the way it's finished inside, I think it's handmade. 
   This was a fun way to dabble in the dapper/boyish look that appeals to me so much, but isn't well-represented in my wardrobe.

bow tie red and white vest pattern play mixed prints Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit

   A number of folks weren't sure what character I was dressed as, but I was pleased to be recognized several times. Campus was awash with people wearing mouse ears, and it felt good to stand out.